20 Rocking Stadium Songs That Make Any Sporting Event More Enjoyable

by (@emilyexton)

Philadelphia Phillies v New York Yankees, Game 2

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL? The NFL season kicks off tonight with the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens, and depending on your allegiance, the new year will bring about all kinds of new rivalries and reasons to trash talk, or simply justify drinking all Sunday long.

Thanks to many sports references that borrow from ’80s icons and American hero, Muhammad Ali, Katy Perry‘s “Roar” is poised to become a perfect fit blasting out of the speakers of 50,000-plus-seat arenas this fall. But before we anoint her as the quintessential pop cheerleader, let’s take a look at some of the best soundtracks for any sporting event, guaranteed to entertain even if your team can’t.

THE CLASSICS

The Rolling Stones, “Start Me Up”

Lots of people love sports, and large groups of (sometimes) drunk fans need to be told what to do. This is as good a way as ever (unless you’re one of the Black Eyed Peas).

Survivor, “Eye Of The Tiger”

The metaphor that would inspire Katy and motivate Rocky to climb that final step at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This may seem silly to ask now, but what is so special about a tiger’s peepers?

Guns N’ Roses, “Welcome To The Jungle”

If Axl is going to take his sweet, sweet time with a new album, the least we can do is honor one of his band’s greatest hits at the start of every game.

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